Poland now faced with record low birth rates


Central Europe


A man with a child on his arm crosses a street near a poster with the lettering reading ''Where are these children?' in Warsaw. The billboards, put up by a Catholic foundation last summer, were hard to miss: large and plastered all over Poland, they showed two little blonde girls in immaculate white posing in a wheat field -- along with the alarmist caption, "Where are these children?" Falling birth rate statistics displayed alongside in the form of a pictogram claim that the average Polish family had five children in the 1950s, down to three in the 80s and 1.5 today. Photo AFP, Wojtek Radwanski

Last year, Poland experienced its largest population decline.